In search of new Shawarma spot - Willing to drive.
- eisenbear May 8, 2007 03:53 PM
I've had a serious shawarma craving lately.
Usually when I get the bug I just head over to Carnival in Sherman Oaks, or Sunin off of Westwood Blvd.
I'm looking to expand my horizons and I'm also willing to drive.
I figure that someone out there might be able to suggest where I might find the best LA has to offer.
Thanks for the tip. I ended up at the Grove this weekend and remembered your suggestion. I got the Shawarma plate with a side of hummus and eggplant salad. Easily on par with anywhere else I've tried in LA - and better than many places I've eaten. My only complaint was that the price was a little high, but what else can you expect given the location? The meat was tender and well seasoned, and the plate came with two warm, substantial pitas. Worth giving a shot - but probably not going to be an all-the-time thing for me.
Sham is okay, but I wasn't impressed that I had to order any sides separately, rather than getting a side of hummus or something with my entree.
Zankou's good and no-nonsense. In fact, I'm going to have a shawarma sandwich today for lunch--beef, tahini, tomatoes--what could be better?
My faves for beef shawarma include:
Shafaa on Hawthorne Bl. in Hawthorne,
Shawarma Kitchen in the GCM downtown,
Zankou (if you are near one).
I don't think any of these use lamb in the mix, but I could be wrong.
I can't remember which, but at least one of the stalls at St.Vincent Place downtown serves shawarma.
I've been trying to identify the addicting spice flavor used, and I believe that it is allspice.
Although the pita kitchen is great (and the owner is a good friend of mine) I have to recommend that you go to CARNIVAL in Sherman Oaks... Ohhhh if you like Shawarma you will love their Lebanese menu and the most hospitable service!!! The place is packed from morning to night.... They are consistently rated 5 stars by the critics
4356 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA
Phone: (818) 784-3469